National Honor Society

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Registered: 12-31-1969
National Honor Society
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 4:46pm

DD came home from the meeting about this today, and I was surprised about how different it all is from back when I was inducted.  I am wondering if it is this way everywhere now - is the difference the times, or the place?

When I was in HS, you had to have a certain level of grades, and not get "axed" by any teacher in the school for character issues.  If you passed the cut, you were inducted the spring of your sophomore year and were "in" for the rest of your school years.

Now, at DD's HS, they look at grades for Freshman and Sophomore years.  You must meet a certain gpa standard.  Then you fill out an application, accumulate community service hours, you must participate in at least 2 school clubs, etc.  At the end of the year, you can be inducted, and to retain membership you must continue to log the clubs, community service each marking period, and keep your grades above the cut off.

I have no problem with how it's all set up - - I just was surprised at how much more is involved than there used to be.

Any one know the process/requirements at your HS?


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Registered: 05-13-1998
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 10:17pm

Only a handful of the schools in our county participate. Neither DD's last high school nor the middle college program participate. The school club mandate is a little odd to me. There are so many valuable things to participate in outside of school, expecting kids to join school clubs that aren't neccessarily as focused and productive seems odd.

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Registered: 04-16-2001
Thu, 09-13-2012 - 10:01am
Ours is even simpler, GPA by mid junior year or can even be inducted as a senior. Must then do a certain number of volunteer hours with NHS to stay in. My understanding is that the process used to be more involved, but with a big high school class (>400), it was probably too much effort to determine who should be in. About 1/4 of the class makes it in.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 5:07pm
That process is exactly what the process is here at ODD"s school. We were both surprised when her BFF, currently salutatorian did not make it in last year because she didn't have enough community service hours. She is in the orchestra and has a part time job, and obviously stellar grades, but was still not in. She was in National Junior Honor Society in middle school also. On the other hand, my daughter, while she has stellar grades, a part time job, but no community service either, was let in because every single time she cheered at a game as part of her cheerleading duties, was given a 1/2 credit of community service, and therefore in. I understand wanting a well rounded individual, but I don't quite get that part of it.
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Registered: 05-18-2005
Sat, 09-15-2012 - 11:22am

When I was a kid, you were inducted as a junior.  There was no bright line rule for how much community involvement you were supposed to have.  I know one friend had a teacher try to axe her for insufficient extracurricular invovlement when she was active in several major afterschool activities (chorus, French club, College Bowl team, Bowling team), plus a job and the town library, and it caused an uproar (she was ultimately admitted).  They encouraged us to tutor, etc., but if it was mandatory no one every told me.  I just tutored Spanish b/c I loved the subject, and was happy to share my enthusiasm.


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